MAD Symposium


The MAD Symposium is the cornerstone of our programming. On a small island in Copenhagen’s harbor, we assemble the brilliant, influential figures from the cooking world and other disciplines together with a curious, engaged audience. During a two-day immersive experience, attendees discuss the things that matter most in foodlike sustainable agriculture, social entrepreneurship, science, health, and creativity. Audience members, often beginning their careers, stand shoulder to shoulder with luminaries like René Redzepi, Ferran Adrìa, David Chang, Madhur Jaffrey, Diana Kennedy and Vandana Shiva, working together to come up with ways to make food better.

Attendees from around the globe report returning home with a new sense of inspiration, confidence and community, along with practical ideas to improve their restaurants, workplaces, and communities. Our next symposium, MAD6, will be held on August 26-27, 2018. 

We are grateful to the generous donors who helped make MAD5, the 2016 Symposium, possible:

Lars Seier Christensen
Food Organization of Denmark
Københavns Kommune
Norwegian Seafood Council



About MAD

MAD (taken from the Danish word for “food”) is a nonprofit organization that brings together a global cooking community with a social conscience, a sense of curiosity, and an appetite for change.